The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival presents a collaborative exhibition of artworks by individual artists and groups engaged in the arts and mental health from across Scotland. The exhibition will be available to view throughout the festival and more work will be added. It features a diverse collection of visual artworks, poetry, photography and video.
Enjoy the exhibition and you can explore the full SMHAF 2021 programme here. When you have finished viewing, please complete our short evaluation form. The evaluation will help us to improve the festival in future and better understand our audiences.
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This piece pairs a drawing I made for day 29 of the 100 Days Project with a poem I wrote several years ago. I paired them because they both have a sense of contained anger and speak to the strength and energy that can be found in anger. I made this image using Sketchbook pro, and my fingers on a Windows 19 touchscreen laptop. The poem ‘This Scar’ appeared online in the poetry website Poetry24, in the print anthology MS: My Story and is due to be published later in 2021 in Summer Everywhere from Hybrid Press.
This scar is not of the physical kind.
Neither can it heal, nor can it bind.
This scar is not of the concrete clan.
It will not conform to a viable plan.
This scar has no particular odour or taste.
It's not in the blood or foul body waste.
This scar sanctifies darkness, nullifies light,
exhumes shadows, discharges night.
This scar holds a secret in an outstretched hand,
sculpted of mud, branded by rain, and etched in sand.
This scar was lit by a slow burning fuse.
It will bend you, break you, force you to choose.
This scar feeds on rumours of indelible pain,
sets off depth charges of a submersible stain.
This scar is not of the visible breed,
It is not in a book that no one will read.
It does not reside in the words on the page.
This scar is a silent, simmering rage.
Agnieszka Narloch: We Will Celebrate Each of the Scars
AIMS Advocacy: Sounding Something Out
All, Entire, Whole
The Alma Project: New Light
Angus Creative Minds: Reconnected | Normality?
At Birkhill House: My Frame of Mind
Bazooka Arts: Routes Back to Normality
CL Gamble: Between the Lines
Contact Point, Edinburgh
Conversations For Change
The Easy Club
Erin Colquhoun: Let's Create
Fool On: Stories of Recovery
Healing the Loss
Inclusive Images: Changing Focus and Lockdown Through the Lens
Jamie King: Not Normal: An Expression of the Self
Leverndale Hospital: Collective Creativity
Lindsay Oliver: Lost and Found: Illustrated Poems of Freedom and Renewal
Lynn Fraser: Rewilding Me
NAWRC: Turning the Tide
Paul Henry: Affective Paintings
Project Ability: The Nature of Ideas
Rachel Louise Burney: Normality?
Work Connect, Levengrove: Picture Normality
We Will Celebrate Each of the Scars
I Think I Could Switch Them Out for Passport Photos - Nana
I Think I Could Switch Them Out for Passport Photos - Me
I Think I Could Switch Them Out for Passport Photos - Great Great Great Grandma
I Think I Could Switch Them Out for Passport Photos - Great Grandma
I Think I Could Switch Them Out for Passport Photos - Grandma
I Think I Could Switch Them Out for Passport Photos - Dad